While the process of choosing passengers for the flights from other countries to India has been left to the High Commissions/Consulates/Embassies of India in those respective countries, Air India is also selling seats on the outward flights at the moment. In Phase 1, flights to the USA went almost full. In Phase 2 as well, flights to the USA and London sold out pretty quick.
Now Air India is adding some new flights as well from June 3 to June 14. Air India will only be selling tickets on the outwards flights to Germany, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America for now. These tickets will be available for sale at about 11 am on May 30, 2020.
To book these flights, you have to head to this specific Air India website. I have put together a list of all the Air India flights bookable on the Air India website for now along with the current advisory applicable. In the end, you will also see a complete list of all the flights being operated by Air India from India.
Arrival and departure flights are allowed and no restriction on Passenger movement for now, but come June 8, all passengers arriving in the UK will be required fill a “Contact Locator Form” and self-isolate for 14 days. Passengers can be contacted regularly throughout this period to ensure compliance by the concerned authorities.
While there are two flights on the schedule, Air India’s announcement only talks about the first one between Mumbai – London. So, only once reservations open do we know about the Delhi – London flight being available for sale.
There is no restriction for Indian Passport holders who are holding valid visas for the US. Passengers who have transited or have been in certain countries in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter the USA.
Indian citizens seeking to travel on outbound Air India flights to the US, based on their F1 visas, for higher studies may NOT be able to go to the USA on the current Air India repatriation flights under Mission Vande Bharat if their F or M category visa has less than six months validity from the date of planned departure or they are a new admission case and have not as yet joined their educational institution before the COVID-19 outbreak.
There are eight flights on the schedule, Air India’s announcement only talks about the first three. So, only once reservations open do we know about the rest five being available for sale.
Following are permitted: EU Citizens Passengers with Residence permit and Long term working visa (e.g. Blue cardholders) are allowed. Non-citizens are not allowed—compulsory Home Quarantine 14 days.
While there are two flights on the schedule, Air India’s announcement only talks about the second one. So, only once reservations open do we know about the first Delhi -Frankfurt flight being available for sale.
Foreign nationals not permitted. Following are permitted:
- New Zealand citizens and residence class visa holders
- The partner, legal guardian or any dependent children travelling with a New Zealand citizen or residence class visa holder
- Or any case-by-case exemption granted by Immigration New Zealand
Fourteen days self-isolation as per health authorities requirement.
Following are permitted:
- Residence Permit holders
- Those having a right of residence in Sweden who are returning to their homes in Sweden
- Those travelling due to important grounds for going to Sweden
- Indian citizens with Swedish residence permits if they have already been residing in Sweden
Indian citizens with new residence permits who have not yet moved to Sweden are not permitted. Indian citizens with Schengen visas are not permitted.
Following are permitted:
- Long-term residents can enter with a valid visa and alien registration card
- E-9 visa holders must submit a pre-approved “Confirmation of Self Quarantine” form to immigration authorities when entering the Republic of Korea (ROK). Failure to do so will result in denial of entry.
- Effective June 2020, registered aliens seeking re-entry in ROK must obtain Re-entry Permit before leaving ROK.
- Effective June 2020, registered aliens seeking re-entry in ROK after departure are required to undergo medical examination related to COVID-19 within 48 hours before the date of departure for ROK and carry and present a medical certificate detailing the results.
- Diplomats (A-1), Government Officials (A-2, A-3) and Overseas Koreans (F-4) are allowed to re-enter ROK and do not need to apply for Re-Entry permit or undergo a medical examination. Passengers are holding a valid “Isolation Exemption Certificate.”
issued by the Embassy of Korea / Consular office do not need the Medical certificate.
What to expect on the plane?
Air India’s Standard Operating Procedure for these flights includes handing out masks and sanitizers to every passenger boarding. Only Water Bottles and pre-packed snacks will be offered to the passengers, so it is well advised to have a full meal or carry some protein bars and carry a tablet full of your own content if you want to watch something on these flights given there will be no internet connectivity on board. Here is an experience from someone who flew on the Mumbai to Newark flight about what to expect onboard one of these flights.
I expect that there will be more flights at some point in the future, for now, however, there are only going to be these to use. The reason most of these flights are usually from Delhi because are the bases of these aircraft, and Air India is trying to help some people getting them on the empty legs too. Although, of course, the prices are eye-watering and they are making reasonable profits on these flights.
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